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Journal Impact

Tools to Evaluate Publishers


Journal impact factor (IF/JIF) measures...

...the importance, or rank, of a journal by measuring the number of times its published articles are cited.


InCitesTM Journal Citation Reports® (JCR) [see box below]

Journal Citation ReportsĀ® (JCR)

InCitesTM Journal Citation Reports® (JCR) database (Clarivate Analytics) illustrates journal impact factor (IF/JIF). It is considered the oldest, and most traditional measure of journal quality to this day, with a larger focus on STEM, and Western European and North American content. Purchased in 2016 by Clarivate Analytics, a company that claims to operate completely independently of mainstream publishers. More info in below box.

The training video below provides a helpful, concise overview on how to use JCR to find journal impact factors, Q1 journals, and other journal-related metrics: